NBC aired Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert on Easter Sunday (April 1) and the musical’s lyricist told the all-star cast that they killed it. The televised play — resurrecting composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rice’s 1970 rock opera — starred John Legend as Jesus, Hamilton actor Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas and Sara Bareilles as Mary.
Rice congratulated the entire cast and company via Twitter after the broadcast, calling the performance “technically and artistically terrific” and saying it was “good to see something [he and Webber] wrote a while back still appreciated.” “Mary” herself responded, stating that the honor was all theirs.
Legend also tweeted that he “had so much fun” during his portrayal of the title character, and that he was “honored to have been a part of it.” Erik Gronwall, who brought his Swedish metalhead persona to the character of Simon Zealotes, expressed his gratitude on Instagram by saying participating in the music was “the most amazing experience of [his] life.”
Lastly, in true Alice Cooper fashion, the original shock rocker simply tweeted a gif of himself as his villainous character King Herod, appropriately captioned with one of his standout lines: “get out of my life!”
Read the cast’s social media posts below.
Thanks to all performers, all company on stage, back stage, wherever, for a great #JesusChristSuperstarLive technically and artistically terrific. Good to see something we wrote a while back still appreciated. @johnlegend @alicecooper @SaraBareilles @BrandonVDixon & many others
— Sir Tim Rice (@SirTimRice) April 2, 2018
the honor is ours. thank you endlessly. xo https://t.co/j8ab4Lk94W
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) April 2, 2018
Thank you all for your support tonight. It has been the most amazing experience of my life and I won’t be able to reflect on everything right now. I just want to thank everyone in the @jesuschristsuperstar production and @nbc for inviting this Swede to the show. A special thank you goes out to the amazing woman who found me on google (you know who you are). Time to party! #jesuschristsuperstar @johnlegend @sarabareilles @alicecooper @professorjvm @codyrenard @justinmsargent
— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) April 2, 2018